I have seen so many people who go through life with a jaded spirit. I know how difficult the storms of life can be, where you are facing one calamity after another, only to find that the hope and optimism you once had is gone. So often hopelessness becomes collateral damage after you get out of the storm. It’s one thing to make it to the other side of a difficult problem, but often when we search the inner corridors of our soul we see that the storm has changed us forever.
I have seen so many people who have lost all sense of joy and happiness in their life. They are physically alive, but emotionally dead. No one talks about the emotional weight that storms put upon us. I know that you have to act like everything is going right, I know you have to pretend that you can hold it all together. But Today, I want you to take some of the weight off and become vulnerable. It is not easy dealing with storms. I know you had so much hope and joy and laughter in your life, and God is declaring today, it’s time to get your Joy Back!
God doesn’t want you to just come through the storm alive, God wants you to flourish. God wants you to have joy. God wants to see you smile. I have learned that in storms, I have to fight for my joy. I refuse to give up my hope. Tomorrow will be better than today. Your latter shall be greater than your former. Your best days lie ahead. God wants you to thrive!
Source: Rev. Nicholas Richards